NEW YORK – The Columbia men's squash program has announced its group of incoming student-athletes for the 2014 season. The men’s team will welcome five newcomers for its upcoming campaign.
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
High School: Saint Ann’s School
Agger was a three-year squash player at Saint Ann’s School. For two straight seasons, 10th and 11th grade, Agger remained undefeated in competition. He played at both the #1 and #2 position throughout his career. The John Jay Scholar is poised to be a model student-athlete at Columbia.
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
High School: Avon Old Farms
Attia arrives to Columbia as one of the leading squash players from the 2014 National Champion Avon Old Farms squad. The Egypt native earned U.S. Squash All-American honors following his title run and was named National Athlete of the Week during the season. Attia was a two-sport athlete in both squash and cross country/track.
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
High School: The Westminster School
Donnelly was a four-year letterwinner in both squash and tennis at The Westminster School. He led his team to four straight State Championship tennis titles. Donnelly competed at the #1 spot for the squash team and in 2012 captured the D6 High School National Championship. He was also highlighted as one of the Junior Spotlights from the South Eastern Squash Racquets Association.
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
High School: Deerfield Academy
Another Egypt native to join the Columbia team this season is Osama Khalifa. He was a two-time letterwinner of squash at Deerfield Academy. At Deerfield, he helped capture back-to-back New England Championships in 2013 and 2014. He remained unbeaten at the top position from 2012-2014. Khalifa is an experienced winner having won the Dutch Junior Open (2009, 2010, 2011), the German Pioneer Cup (2008, 2010, 2011), the British and French Junior Open (2008) and a US Open finalist in 2013.
Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
High School: Alpharetta High School
Saleem comes to Columbia as one of the top junior players in the country with a U19 US Squash national ranking of No. 2. Saleem is a two-time winner of the Junior Championship Tour (U15, U17) and a three-time participant of the US/Canadian Battle of the Border competition. He is a model student-athlete having received the US Squash Scholar Athlete Award in 2011 and an AP Scholar with Distinction Award in 2013.